Everyone that prays, wants their prayer to be effectual. It doesn’t matter whether you are sick or praying for someone else, we want our prayers to work. For the longest time, I really didn’t know whether or not God even heard me. I would pray and it seemed that I was hitting a stone wall. I will tell you a truth, I was hitting a stone wall. Although God hears everyone, He only answer His children’s prayer. This doesn’t mean that God will not get one of His children to pray for a person who isn’t His own. Many times, God will use redirected prayer to get someone’s attention. God is His own person. And we, as outsiders, have to get to know God to enter into His family. Once we are in His family, we have that right to petition God for help. This is all in God’s plan. But being effectual in our prayer requires effort on our part. Prayer isn’t verbiage. God doesn’t hear our prayer because we repeat it over and over again. Have you ever walked up to your dad and began to talk excessively? His eyes glaze over and his thoughts go elsewhere. God is our father and He doesn’t want to listen to nonsense. Prayer is communication with God and God communicating with us. Don’t be surprised that God talks to us. It was a shock to me also. So, what I am saying is that prayer is two-way communication. You want to be effectual in your prayer, then get the two-way communication going with God. You must believe that He is and a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. This is effectual prayer.